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Designated Survivor: Virginia Madsen Joins ABC's Kiefer Sutherland Drama

Kiefer Sutherland hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and he already has a challenger for the office of President of the United States — in Virginia Madsen.

In the freshman ABC drama Designated Survivor (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c), 24 alum Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lowly Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who, as the “designated survivor” during the State of the Union Address, finds himself next in line to occupy the Oval Office following a terrorist attack on the Capitol.

Per our sister site Deadline, Madsen (who is currently playing the family matriarch on CBS’ American Gothic) will heavily recur on the series as — and boy is this a name! —Kimble Hookstraten, the “designated survivor” from the rival political party. A conservative Congresswoman, she throws her support to Kirkman… for now, while harboring a quite different true agenda.

Madsen’s previous TV credits also include Elementary (where she is set for an encore as Captain Gregson’s girlfriend), Witches of East End, Hell on Wheels, The Event and Scoundrels.